A Guide to Visting New Orleans
According to Tennessee Williams, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” Truer words have never been spoken. This mystical city, in the heart of the south, is known for its vibrant music, delicious food, European culture, and most of all resilience. New Orleans nickname is “The Big Easy” and this city makes you feel as though you have traveled back into time. And please remember people, it is pronounced naw-lins! Below I’ll go over everything that you need to know before visiting New Orleans. Here is my “A Guide to Visiting New Orleans”.
Weather in New Orleans
In order to experience all that New Orleans has to offer it’s best to visit during the spring/fall months when tourism is down and the temperatures are bearable. Beware of visiting in the summer months it can be overcrowded and extremely hot & humid.
Things to do in New Orleans
Visit Jackson Square
Jackson Square was easily my favorite part of New Orleans. It’s a historical park located in the French Quarter. There is an array of musical acts that line this square so you can post up for hours and listen to music. Finally, in 1803 this is where the Louisiana Purchase was signed.
Bourbon Street is the quintessential street in New Orleans. With live music in almost every bar, to-go drinks every 10 feet, and endless partying. Not really my cup of tea but everyone needs to experience Bourbon Street once in their life.
The only way to explore NOLA like a local. Music pours out of every venue on this street and the artists migrate here for markets in the evenings. It was one of the best parts of exploring New Orleans!
The Garden District
The Garden District in New Orleans is an area with the most beautiful preserved historic mansions in all of the South. Located in the Garden District is the world-famous Lafayette Cemetery. Not your average tourist jaunt, but this is one of the best things to do in New Orleans!
The French Quarter is the vibrant heart of New Orleans. It’s famous for its charming colorful buildings with cast-iron balconies. Come here for jazz clubs, cajun eateries, and to simply marvel at the beautiful architecture.
Restaurants in New Orleans
If New Orlean’s is known for any particular food it’s beignets. And Cafe Du Monde is the most iconic spot! It is hands down the most tourist spot in New Orlean’s but everyone needs to visit at least once. Make sure you go here early in the AM or late at night to beat the crowds!
A chic brunch eatery at the corner of Jackson Square. It’s in a prime location for people watching since it’s located directly in Jackson Square! Our favorite was the Eggs Benedict Poor Boy (pictured above).
Coquette is a family ran farm to table restaurant known to awaken your palette! Major interior goals as well. Make sure to make reservations for this restaurant.
Noteworthy Bars in New Orleans
Located in the Roosevelt Hotel this swanky (non-tourist) bar is filled with historical wonders. Urban legend says that an attempted assassination took place here on Senator Huey P. Long in the 1930s. The bullet hole is still there today!
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar
Lafitte’s is a local legend. It doesn’t look like much on the outside but it’s one of the oldest bars around, serving frozen drinks since the 1700s!
The Carousel Bar is another local legend. It’s a carousel themed bar that rotates. Because of this, you can expect to wait quite a long time in order to sit at the bar. I’ve heard that the staff is not the friendliest but hey, sometimes you gotta pay to play!
Hotels in New Orleans
Hotel Monteleone is known for its wonderful customer service. It’s situated right off Bourbon street so if you’re into the party scene, this is the spot for you! Be sure to book a room with a balcony!
We personally stayed at the Cambria Hotel. Although it was a little out of the way from the main attractions, it was nice and quiet. Furthermore, we enjoyed the updated rooms and amenities!
The Loews New Orleans Hotel is located adjacent to the cable cars if you’re looking for a hotel that has easy transit access. They offer a great happy hour, endless amenities, and a wonderful breakfast spread!
Getting Around New Orleans
The cable cars in New Orleans are only $1.25 per way. You can take these cars all around the surrounding areas of Downtown NOLA. Make sure to take the St. Charles line to the Garden District. It’s the oldest streetcar in the USA!
New Orleans is a very walkable city. Most of the surrounding areas can be covered by foot. Finally, if you’re drinking (which most tourists come here to do) I highly suggest just strolling around your favorite area.
In conclusion, New Orleans is the perfect city to visit for any occasion and especially during the warmer months when music fills the streets 24/7! Please share this post with your friends and if you want to check out more travel guides click here!
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